Yesterday, I preached a sermon entitled "Stand." Here are three things that we must have in order to stand.
1. Armour. In Ephesians 6, verses 11,13, and 14, we are told that we need the armour of God in order to stand. Obviously, the armour of God is a longer study than I could write about here. However, I believe that many Christians are missing pieces of this armour, and thus falling prey to the devil. Oh, for a generation that once again realalized that we are in a battle, and that God has given us all the protection we need, if we will just avail ourselves of it! (On a side note, many "professing" Christians have never donned the "helmet of salvation." They have never been born again; therefore, they won't last when the fighting gets hot.)
2. Belief. (II Timothy 1:12-14). Why did Paul stand? He knew what he believed. Think of it is way- "No one ever stands for a cause they don't believe in." And as Christians, it isn't just a belief or a faith- we have THE faith! Paul didn't say that he had kept a faith, or some church denomination's faith, or that he had been a person of faith, or that he had finished his journey of faith- he simply said "I have kept the faith"!!! (II Timothy 4:7)
3. Conviction. "And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?" (I Samuel 17:29). "Most battles are not won or lost on the battlefield, they are decided long before that. The preparation, the planning, the determination, the conviction- this is what will bring success!
Recently, I was talking to a man before one of our concerts, and he asked if I was going to do a good job. I told him that I would try, to which he responded, "I have a sign on my computer that reads, 'Don't try- just do.'" As I later reflected on what he said, I realized that many Christians spend their lives "trying" to do right, while a few simply "do" right. Which kind of Christian are you?
"If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything."